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Logan athlete asks, sports store delivers large donation for soccer program

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A Logan High School athletic team gets a big-money surprise, thanks to one team member. 

At Logan’s homecoming rally on Friday, Dick’s Sporting Goods presented a $10,000 check to the north La Crosse school, to help fund the soccer program. 

The store made the donation after Logan soccer captain Sol Szymanski, Jr., wrote a presentation about how his school could use funding for soccer. 

“I just saw that we needed a couple things more, like jerseys, new balls, and whatnot,” Szymanski said. “I saw this ad for Dick’s Sporting, and I thought, ‘Oh, I wonder if they gave out grants to schools that write essays?'”

Szymanski added that he wrote a couple of essays, including one to Dick’s, and months later, the store told him he was a finalist in a grant competition, and then learned he was a winner.

The large gift from Dick’s was said to be a surprise to many of the people connected to Logan soccer. 

Rangers soccer coach Tom Kammer said he didn’t know how much money the school would get until a few hours before the rally.

Kammer added that the Logan athletic director kept it quiet, and “Sol did all the hard work for this.” He ssaid the grant was a “nice surprise for everybody.”

The check presentation was part of the pep rally that preceded Logan’s homecoming parade, and the Friday night football game against Onalaska.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Nick Berry

    September 17, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    I now like Dick’s Sporting Goods and now athletes and band members have to pony up to play as do others at schools.
    And people are against the consolidation.
    There was an old AAMCO connercial: you can pay me some now or pay me more later.
    The schools wil be the same way. The consolidation is inevitable based on projections that should not change.

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